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John Olszewski Jr. – Getting the Deal Done

Del. John Olszewski Jr., a candidate for state Senate, visits Center Maryland to talk about creating job opportunities and protecting the interests of working families in southeastern Baltimore County.Center Maryland: Inside Out brings political realities to the forefront of the discussion, advancing reasonable and responsible ideas. Lisa Harris Jones is an Attorney at Law and Lobbyist, Member and Founder of Harris Jones & Malone, LLC. Damian O’Doherty is a Corporate Communications Strategist, a Principal of KO Public Affairs LLC, and Co-Founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: Campaign Green and the No-September-Primary Blues

By: Josh Kurtz  Ordinarily, around now, in an election year in Maryland, we’d be all in a lather about the upcoming primaries. Instead, we’ve been in general election mode for more than two months already. It doesn’t feel right. Traditionally, the primaries here are more exciting than the general election anyway. But at least it looks like we’ll have a few good races this fall. The gubernatorial election, to the chagrin of most Democrats, is running closer than expected. Whether it remains that way is an open question – Republican Larry Hogan will undoubtedly be handicapped by the spending limits dictated by his decision to accept public financing for his campaign. Elections for county executive in Howard, Anne Arundel and Frederick counties are competitive. If you were placing bets today, you’d pick the Democrats in Howard and the GOP in the other two. But circumstances could change in any of those... Continue reading
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Donald Fry: Funding the Red Line, facing the future

By: Donald C. Fry  The commitments made this week by elected leaders in Baltimore City and Baltimore County to contribute $230 million and $50 million respectively toward construction of the light rail Red Line closes the funding circle for the region’s most important transit project in decades. These commitments by Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz enable the state to meet the key local funding requirement that puts the 14.1-mile east-west Red Line from Woodlawn to Bayview at the front of the queue to receive $900 million from the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program. That’s the federal government’s primary financial resource for supporting major transit capital investments at the state and local levels. The Red Line is one of only seven projects across the nation included in President Obama’s FY 2015 budget for New Starts funding. The Red Line will have an extraordinarily positive impact... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Sweeping Out the Sands of Summer

By: Laslo Boyd  This coming Monday, Labor Day,  traditionally marks the end of summer. Just don’t try convincing anyone whose kid already went back to school this week of that. Comptroller Peter Franchot has been promoting a plan to honor this tradition by having school start after Labor Day, but that’s a topic for another column. Summer used to be a slow news time.  August is when Parisians head for the south of France, Washingtonians abandon the City for Cape Cod or some nearby island, and Marylanders head “down the shore.” On the international front, it’s hasn’t been at all slow. The soundtrack for these past few months would have to be Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” The fires don’t look at all contained in the Middle East, Africa, and the Ukraine. Americans, many of whom pay no attention to anything outside our borders, are wondering whether we will... Continue reading
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Jill Feinberg – Star-Spangled 200

Jill Feinberg, marketing director of the Star-Spangled 200, Inc., visits Center Maryland to preview the huge celebration that is coming to Baltimore next month, including tall ships, fireworks, a Blue Angels performance and a concert to be broadcast on PBS. Jill talks about the many activities that are also taking place this summer in advance of the September event, and describes the significant economic impact on the region.Center Maryland: Inside Out brings political realities to the forefront of the discussion, advancing reasonable and responsible ideas. Lisa Harris Jones is an Attorney at Law and Lobbyist, Member and Founder of Harris Jones & Malone, LLC. Damian O’Doherty is a Corporate Communications Strategist, a Principal of KO Public Affairs LLC, and Co-Founder of Center Maryland.... Continue reading
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